Sad Keith defends Huhne record

Keith House on Huhne resignation

After a day defending Huhne’s record Keith House can’t hide disappointment

Eastleigh’s Lib Dem leader Keith House has told Eastleigh News he is ‘very sad’ over Chris Huhne’s resignation and has paid tribute to  Huhne’s record as a constituency  MP saying he had a ‘terrific reputation as a really hard-working member of parliament”

Cllr House had spent hours in the town centre today conducting back-to-back interviews with mainstream media journalists who had descended on the town en-masse following Huhne’s shock resignation announcement live on national television.

However after a long day of defending his former colleague the local party leader could barely hide his disappointment.

Despite having been left hanging round in the cold by TV crews while wearing just a lightweight suit, Cllr House took time to reassure Eastleigh voters that local Lib Dems could still be trusted to deliver services and that residents with problems should contact Councillors who will look after Mr Huhne’s casework until such time as a new MP is elected.


Keith House talks to Allegra Stratton of BBC Newsnight

The Lib dem leader also said he didn’t believe the Huhne trial would damage his party’s prospects in the forthcoming county council elections insisting that the local party would be judged on its track record in the Borough which he described as  a decade of below inflation council tax rises with services protected.

When asked if he would consider standing in the By-election he empathetically dismissed the idea and said  that a candidate had not yet been selected adding:

“We are a democratic party you know”


Eastleigh has been regarded as  a Liberal Democrat stronghold in recent years, bucking the national trend with a sitting  Lib Dem MP since 1994 and a commanding 40 out of 44 seats on the council.

A reversal at the polls here, either in the by-election or in the County, would signal a serious deterioration in wider Lib Dem fortunes.

Former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik described the forthcoming by-election as a ‘test’ for party leader Nick Clegg.


  7 comments for “Sad Keith defends Huhne record

  1. February 5, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Cllr House has good reason to look sad. The Lib Dems grabbed power here thanks to the bounce from the Stephen Milligan incident. The Conservatives have never recovered from that…

    The Lib Dems now face a similar fate, but will Eastleigh really give the Conservatives another chance…?

    The by election will be about more than the struggles in the coalition government. There’s some unfortunate history in this constituency seat…

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    February 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Keith House showed why he is leader yesterday with a full day of facing the cameras and doing his best to limit the damage to his party.

    I agree with him that Huhne was hard working but I don’t necessarily agree that he was a good constituency MP as he was clearly partisan on many local issues so it really depended on what your particular problem was – the representation for some, like the surestart campaigners was excellent for others like the Stoneham or Botley Protestors non-existent.

    Also I think Keith’s loyalty to Huhne is admirable but mis-placed. Mr Huhne spent a year using the media to broadcast the lie that he was innocent and he duped his constituency party into supporting him.

    If Mr Huhne had managed to get the case dismissed no doubt he would have taken action to protect his reputation and people may have faced litigation and potential ruin for having hinted at the truth – that he was guilty.

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    February 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Oh, and apologies about poor sound quality. It was windy and cold and I think we both just wanted to get home!

  4. Matthew (Honest) Myatt
    February 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Not a single word from Mr House to say sorry to the people of Eastleigh about the shocking way in which Mr Huhne has lied and cheated the voters in Eastleigh. Nope, Mr House says, “What a jolly nice man Mr Huhne was.” Is there no level the Eastleigh Fib Dems will sink to.??

    The other comment about Mr Huhne picking a choosing what local issues he will help local residents with is also very true.

    I so hope that the days of the Fib Dem’s in Eastleigh are soon over.

  5. February 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    That’s a very fair point about Cllr House showing why he is leader. I agree with you about that.

  6. rigel
    February 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Huhne was working hard trying to make the lib dems look good,
    we have had 4 years of .5% interest rates and QE – this has kept asset prices high and all the MPs and high earners are slapping each other on the back , BUT 72% of all assets are held by 20% of the people, QE has made the wealthy wealthier whilst .5% interest rates have kept houses unaffordable , Wages have dropped…-ve growth next quarter and it’s a triple dip recession


    Demand for UK Gov bonds (Gilts) is strong because it’s the BofE thats buying them…… – they now own 1/3 of all gilts in circulation and say it’s not money printing because we can reverse it and sell them – (yeah right – who’s gonna buy and what will happen to the price) Captain Cameron and his boys are staying calm and carrying on and to everyone in First class it seems that the ship is doing fine , but she’s holed beneath the water , and all the crew below decks know they are going down. Huhne is an economist, he knows this stuff and was 1st violin on the deck.

    They have done nothing to solve the problems of 2008 ,this is not a cyclical ‘downturn’ it’s structural and next month 10,000 people (a guess) in Eastleigh will get a full council tax bill on their doorstep for the first time since 94. Case in point Council tax has been held below inflation for the last 3 years because of the £3.5m government hand out to councils that cap it (deficit spending) but House pretends that doesn’t exist and it’s his hard work and efficiency ( and property investments) -CRAP, they are shammers

    Huhne and the rest of them don’t know what to do but bullshit us

    and the By Election needs to be fought on these issues –

    look at lakewood rd CF then look at grantham rd Eastleigh

    we are in dreamtime and Eastleigh can be the haunted house.

  7. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    February 5, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Has the FTSE hit 7,000 yet? Remortgage your house and buy up stocks

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